Friday, 22 March 2013

Review: Killing Rachel by Anne Cassidy

Title: Killing Rachel
Author: Anne Cassidy
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Genre: Mystery
Series: The Murder Notebooks #2
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 14th March 2013

Tell Me About It
Rose's mother and Joshua's father have disappeared. Police inquiries have gone nowhere and the case, it seems, is closed: Rose and Joshua have been told that the police believe their parents are dead. But Rose and Joshua still hold out hope that they are alive. Joshua is determined to follow up his own inquiries, which includes working out the meaning of the cryptic notebooks - the murder notebooks - they have discovered. Then Rose is distracted by odd, desperate messages she receives from Rachel, a former best friend from her school, followed by the terrible news that Rachel is dead. But perhaps Rachel's death will provide one more piece of the puzzle about what has happened to Rose and Joshua's parents . . .

My Thoughts
I read Dead Time last year and enjoyed it so I jumped at the chance to pick up a copy of the second book in the series, Killing Rachel.  We pick up the story with Josh and Rose still secretly looking for more information about what happened to their parents.  However the bonds between Josh and Rose don't seem as strong, him wanting to believe in any sign he can, whether it be physical or just a feeling, she is unwilling to believe it, and this causes a strain on their friendship with one or the other becoming angry with the other.
Josh is following clues from 'feelings' he has or memories he vaguely recalls,  but Rose is distracted with letters from her ex friend in school asking for help.  After several letters and some phone calls Rose asks her Grandmother to ring the school, and is left with the devastating news that Rachel is dead.  Rose makes the decision to go to her old school to pass on the letters she received to the police, and while there tries to discover why Rachel killed herself as we'll as discovering a few secrets.  Josh uses this as an opportunity to solve the clues, that lead him to an old abandoned cottage, to find more information about his father.

Killing Rachel was full of mystery and had me hooked within the first few pages.  Both Josh and Rose have their own path to follow, and while the book follows Rose more than Josh, we do get to see what he has been up to when he meets up with Rose occasionally.  I loved how Rose was able to find clues that were so hidden, yet make something of them and follow any lead she gets.  She is resourceful and can be quite sneaky about it all, but all it did was make it more intriguing.  Visiting her old school brings back a lot of memories, both pleasant and painful, and we get a sneak into Rose's life before she left school and who her friends were.

I enjoyed Killing Rachel more than Dead Time, the last few chapters felt like an emotional roller coaster ride, sadness then shock and happiness and Anne does a fantastic job of drawing you in but leaving you constantly guessing over what really happened and why.  The ending of the book was not expected at all and I was pleasantly surprised at what was revealed, the only problem is now it makes me want to find out what happens immediatley.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't like this one as much as Dead Time but I still enjoyed it. I am intgrigued as to where the story is going but if I'm not impressed with the third book and theres more (which I'm fairly sure there must be) I probably wont carry it on I don't think


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